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Posted September 11, 2016 - 05:13 PM

Had a great weekend! I finally got to pick up a tractor I bought a few weeks ago. Another member contacted me to see if I wanted to buy a Bolens handi ho. They really didn't interest me other than the model with a hood. Well it turned out that's the model it was so I bought it. The problem was it was 6+ hours from me. So I had a buddy pick it up for me. My buddy is still 3 hours from me but its better than 6.

I made plans to go over to his place yesterday. But earlier I catch wind of an auction that had some walk behinds on it. It was kinda on the way sorta. There was one particular tractor I was after on the auction which is the only reason I went.

I ended up purchasing an old Beeman tractor. They always have interested me and I finally found one close to me. Still trying to do research on it to figure out the year of it. Talking with dougt it sounds like it could be a mix of different years. Which kinda makes sense being it came with an extra flywheel.

Also got another Gardener off my buddy for a project I'm thinking about putting together.

Well here's a few pics.

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 06:01 PM

That big one has some odd controls!  Guess they WON'T break off at least!  Fella with Big Hands needed to run that one, heh!


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 06:27 PM

Very Kewell!  Great finds.


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 07:56 PM

I think I want a beeman like that,them flywheels and hand crank would look Good next to anything hit-miss, very cool
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Posted September 11, 2016 - 09:24 PM

It's actually meant to be kick started. Did you find the serial number yet, Nate??


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 10:34 PM

No not yet. Someone played with this tractor. There's extra metal bolted on it in different places with some type of front lift system that's fastened to the bracket for the battery to run the 6 cyl distributor that was installed in place of the original mag. Anyhow there's a plate bolted to the front covering where the serial number is. The thing is whoever did the mods to it did a good job of it,not cobbled together.
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Posted September 11, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Is thee any other place they would stamp a serial number? I'm not seeing anything on the left side front.
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Posted September 12, 2016 - 06:37 AM

It could be anywhere on the oil pan. (lower part) Looks like there may have been a number where the vertical grind marks are on the left but I'm also seeing something to the right of the center bolt. Maybe clean that up good with a wire wheel on the drill and see what it looks like.


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Posted September 12, 2016 - 01:24 PM

  1. That is a nice haul, congratulations.

 

 

I have no idea where the "1," came from.


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Posted September 14, 2016 - 11:30 PM

No luck so far in locating the serial number. I know its not on the front of the pan for sure. Would they have stamped it on the bottom? The thing is I really don't want to keep taking the paint off it and having bare metal all over. Doug where have you seen them stamped before?

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Posted September 15, 2016 - 06:46 AM

The only place I've seen them stamped was on the front edge of the pan. I'm wondering if those heavy grind marks didn't take it out? Did the mag mount front to back or side to side?



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Posted September 15, 2016 - 01:00 PM

Front to back. Those grind marks I think were done at the factory. Hard to say if they're even grind marks or were marks in the casting mold. Its hard to discribe it without seeing it.

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Posted September 15, 2016 - 01:54 PM

With the mag mounting front to back and the 6 spoke wheels, I'd expect it to be 1917 or 18. That is IF the wheels are original to the tractor. The early flywheels say Beeman Garden Tractor co and the 20 and later say Beeman Tractor Co. From what I can see, it looks like you have the later flywheels. The tall crankcase breather/fill pipe with the air cleaner hose hooked to it is something that didn't show up until the late 20s or early 30s. Early tractors used the brass 4 ball Kingston carb, then came the brass Kingston L and later they used the cast iron Holley NH. We may never know the real story on this tractor.


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Posted September 15, 2016 - 04:14 PM

Its starting to look that way isn't it. I seems to me this thing is 2 tractors put together. It came with an extra flywheel which makes me think that. I'd have to check the carb out more to see which Kingston it is. Did they use the same mag (Heinze) on the early ones? That's one of my next things to find.
Thanks for all the help Doug!

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Posted September 15, 2016 - 04:35 PM

I see that flywheel has garden tractor co on it. That would match the early wheels. From what I can see of the carb, it looks like the 4 ball. It will have 4 square brass plugs along the top edge. I'm not 100% sure what they used in 17 but I'd say the Heinze mag would be a safe bet. You will also need the early beehive air cleaner.


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